Motorists have dubbed the Pacific Highway the worst road in New South Wales.
More than 9,000 drivers have named their most frustrating section of road in an NRMA survey.
10 per cent said the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour and Macksville was the worst road to travel on because of congestion, followed by the Princes Highway between Berry and Bateman’s Bay.
The NRMA will launch its campaign Seeing Red on Roads today to make roads a central theme in the lead up to the election.
NRMA President Wendy Machin says there is a list of frustrations from motorists that will be brought to the attention of politicians.
“(These are) the lack of action on our roads, the poor state of many of our roads and the congestion that (drivers) are forced to endure every day,” she said.
“So we thought we’d give them a voice in the state election and ask them to tell us direct what makes them really see red, what’s making them made we’re going to take those results and put them forward to both the opposition and the government so that they can take them into consideration in the state election.”
The Roads Minister David Borger says there has been a massive increase in spending on the Pacific Highway in the past decade, shaving more than 70 minutes off the travel time between Hexham, north of Newcastle, and the Queensland border.
“I guess the issue is, governments need to prioritise the expenditure on those areas that are most critical and that’s why there’s been a particular focus on those areas between Hexham and Port Macquarie and also between Ballina and the Queensland border,” he said.
“But we are obviously fixing areas that are north and south of Coffs Harbour as well.”
The opposition’s roads spokesman Andrew Stoner says the Coalition, if elected, will do things differently.
“We’ll establish a new body, Infrastructure New South Wales, to cut through a lot of the red tape and the long planning processes associated with infrastructure currently under the state labor government,” he said.